Candidates are divided over the number of forums that should be held. New Territories West candidate Lam Chi-leung, for The Pioneer group, was upset to learn RTHK had decided to cut two public forums in his constituency. 'They should not cut forums which can reach a large number of viewers or listeners,' he said. 'It's unfair to us minor contestants because when radio debates are broadcast, people learn more about us.' Democrat Lee Wing-tat, running in the same constituency, said forums organised by District Offices rather than those organised by the electronic media should be scaled down. 'The District Offices' forums are not effective at all. Some are only organised at district halls with campaign teams challenging one another. 'These won't affect the voting decision because everyone who attends has made up their minds,' Mr Lee said. So far, five forums have been planned by the District Office in New Territories West. A Home Affairs Department spokesman said it had not been decided whether to call any off. Lau Kong-wah, leading the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong ticket in New Territories East, welcomed a cut in forums. 'There are about 30 in my constituency. I don't think the large number of forums would be of much help to the public. I suggest chairmen of political parties meet and debate overall policy issues instead.' Tai Keen-man, head of RTHK One, said eight public forums would be cancelled in the five geographical constituencies because there were already enough. 'On top of the public forums, we'll have one Putonghua debate on the radio, one televised forum and two question-and-answer sessions on television.'